This 'social networking', is slowly forming all of us to believe that 'expressing our political beliefs' is equal to BASHING SOMEONE ELSES. Seriously! SERIOUSLY? when did taking a stand, or having an opinion equate to making fun, nasty, glib remarks about someone elses?.
Some political views in the *content* ARE more unjust, cruel, bigoted, and ill-conceived than others.
What surprises me are the folks who defend a hard-line libertarian brand of conservatism. IMO, one must be very, very wealthy to be afford that. If you are not-- if you enjoy the benefits of distributed wealth with some of that coming your way, then you are a hypocite.
Hypocrisy is an indefensible dead-end. Pair that with someone who chooses to exist honest, reasoned debate or steadfastly refuses to have any self-awareness, and their attempt to defend their point of view becomes offensive.
I recently watched a documentary on the formation of the Tea Party. Many of the views held by those guys seem reasonable: They are unhappy with how their tax-dollars are being spend and therefore would like less government. But if that becomes a basis for racism or sexism (in the name of legitimizing their particular brand of bigotry), the larger goal of preserving personal freedom can't be defended.
Why would anyone consent to giving personal freedom *so that* folks are free to maintain hate and prejudice?
Last paragraph: “Our support for the Second Amendment always gets attention,” Foster, 57, told TIME.com, “but we’re really Constitutionalists. The federal government probably doesn’t like what we’re doing — but we don’t like what they’re doing either.”